Kit Siang set to announce candidature in Johor

By Lee Way Loon | 4:13PM Mar 15, 2013

In an attempt to win federal power, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, who has been visiting Johor frequently of late, is expected to contest a parliamentary seat in the state in the coming general election.

It is learnt that the Ipoh Timor MP will be making an official announcement on his shift to the southern BN stronghold at DAP’s 47th anniversary celebration and ceramah in Skudai, near Johor Bharu, on Monday.

Several party insiders told Malaysiakini that the possibility of Lim contesting a Johor parliamentary seat in GE13 was “very real”.

However, it could not be confirmed that whether Lim would also name the seat he intended to contest, tough speculation has been that it could be Gelang Patah.

Lim,when contacted on this matter, refused to comment.

On Tuesday, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke (left) said a “major announcement” would be made at the party’s anniversary celebration in Skudai.

Asked for some details by Malaysiakini later, Loke refused to divulge anything, apart from saying it would be a “major announcement that relates to the party’s movements in the coming general election”.

DAP deputy president Tan Kok Wai, who also sits on the four-member panel to finalise the party’s candidates for GE13, also declined to comment.

It is learnt three parliamentary seats are being considered for the veteran DAP leader – Gelang Patah, Kulai and Kluang, with Gelang Patah being the seat most touted.

This constituency, close to Johor Bharu, comprises 54 percent Chinese voters, 34 percent Malay and 12 percent Indian. Incumbent MP and Johor Wanita MCA chief Tan Ah Eng retained the seat with a 8,851-vote majority votes in 2008.

Nevertheless, Gelang Patah is deemed to be one of the winnable seats for Pakatan Rakyat because of a strong sentiment against the BN among the Chinese community there.

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  1. #1 by yhsiew on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 6:48 pm

    Be it in Gelang Patah or elsewhere, I wish you good luck in your contest for a parliamentary seat.

  2. #2 by monsterball on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 7:10 pm

    Lim Kit Siang is famous to stand against BN at a BN so call winnable safe seat…with mix races..and Malaysian Chinese is the majority.
    That is his trademark…a giant killer.
    Time and time again he did that….and we saw his son doing the same thing.
    To stand in Johore….possibly at a smart and well calculated risk move.

  3. #3 by Dap man on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 7:32 pm

    That’s what I call a real leader.

  4. #4 by the reds on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 7:42 pm

    How about Labis? Kick Soi Lek’s son out!

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 8:01 pm

    Real leadership. To show the way for the younger ones. Whereas in BN even the top leadership of MIC, MCA, Gerakan have to look for ‘safe’ seat to contest..

  6. #6 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 9:26 pm

    god willing (insya allah), kemenangan akan bersama mu di mana jua anda bertanding…

  7. #7 by tak tahan on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 9:44 pm

    Men kong yau la,’those most laughable representative of people’ are incapable of any leadership,least to say,whether they can still look for safe seat to contest?..toilet seat is good for them as they only know how to shit thru mouths and A………….SK.

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 10:42 pm

    Wipe out MCA in Johor, Bentong, Raub etc once and for all.

    RIP MCA.

  9. #9 by john on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 10:49 pm

    Well, LKS has always been very consistent in his political stands ! Inside, outside parliament.

  10. #10 by sheriff singh on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 10:54 pm

    Finish UMNo in Johor.
    Finish MCA in Johor.
    Finish MIC in Johor.

    Remember the Alamo.

  11. #11 by monsterball on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 11:20 pm

    Drunkard monkey talking.

  12. #12 by chengho on Friday, 15 March 2013 - 11:53 pm

    Don’t think Kit dare to contest in Johore , ABCD
    mostly mixed area , no substantial chinese malaysian area
    Vote for MCA /BN

  13. #13 by john on Saturday, 16 March 2013 - 1:27 am

    Dumb-ho go tell your masters to do that.

  14. #14 by Noble House on Saturday, 16 March 2013 - 2:38 am

    Enter the Dragon!

  15. #15 by monsterball on Saturday, 16 March 2013 - 5:46 am

    A vote for MCA/BN is a vote for chengho.
    Do that…we are selling the country to support monkeys and donkeys.

  16. #16 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Saturday, 16 March 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Walaau aa!
    Umno, it’s time to panic.

  17. #17 by digard on Saturday, 16 March 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Fantastic news!
    Congratulations to the decision, and fully supported.
    I wish Malaysia had a handful more politicians of this caliber.

    All the best, and a swiping success!

  18. #18 by john on Saturday, 16 March 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Ah-C-4 will contest parliament seat in Kelantan as is majority malays area. As he had signed the Integrity (Bumno/bn’s version) Pledge he must be absolutely clean (as a skinned white chicken).
    Sound advise was given By Bumno stalwart, Chengho @ DumbHo.

  19. #19 by good coolie on Sunday, 17 March 2013 - 12:34 am

    Bala has come clean and can face his Lord in peace now. What about Altatunya’s murderers? Have they repented?
    That girl did not know that Malaysia had such dirty crooks.

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